Lightner Farmhouse B&B

2350 Baltimore Pike , Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA (Show map)


Built ca. 1862, the Lightner Farmhouse served as a hospital for Union troops after the Battle of Gettysburg. The house is a graceful brick Federal-style building, surrounded by nineteen acres of peaceful countryside. Guests can rock on the porch as the afternoon breeze wafts scents from the gardens. We have taken care to preserve the original character of the farmhouse, including wide moldings, random-plank floors and four fireplaces. Bedrooms are decorated in themes inspired by quilt designs, each with a private bath containing hair dryers. A three-course country breakfast is served on individual oak tables in the dining room. Guests may use the Victorian parlor, furnished in period antiques and filled with interesting reading material about the battle. The common room, with exposed oak beams, a brick floor and large walk-in fireplace, serves as the gathering place in which our guests can relax. Games, a television, and videos are available for entertainment. The farmhouse has central air conditioning.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Loved it. Will come back a 3rd time.

5 on September 12, 2015

This is a great laid back place to visit. Close to everything, but secluded enough to be very relaxing. Eileen is a wonderful hostess. Jason cooks a great breakfast. Check it out for yourself.

A wonderful place to stay!!

4.6 on September 04, 2015

We've been fortunate to spend many nights at the Lightner Farmhouse B & B. Eileen & Dennis are wonderful hosts, along with their amazing chef, son, Jason. Our accommodations have always been top-notch, comfortable and inviting. Breakfasts are superb, and the variety always pleasing. They make every effort to meet our needs (sometimes we need to leave earlier than the usual mealtime for tours/special events), and we are always taken care of. Can't wait to go back!! My highest possible rating!!!

Gettysburg - where history truly comes alive.

5 on September 02, 2015

The converted farmhouse has charming rooms with antique furnishings. The innkeepers are welcoming and helpful as well as extremely knowledgeable about the battle and its participants. First class breakfasts were delightful served in a charming dining room by an experienced and friendly chef. We hope to return for another stay when we're in the area.

A Place to Reflect on the Past

4.8 on September 02, 2015

A beautiful setting in an historic place away from the bustle of downtown Gettysburg where history truly comes alive. The converted farmhouse has charming rooms with antique furnishings and the innkeepers are welcoming and helpful as well as extremely knowledgeable about the battle and its participants. Breakfasts were delightful served in a charming dining room. We hope to return for another stay when we're in the area.

Jay's birthday weekend

5 on August 02, 2015

Hospitality was great. The owners ensured my husband's birthday cake was received and ready for us when we returned from our day in the town. The breakfasts were tasty and served with a smile. Love this B&B!

Fantastic romantic B&B for my girlfriend and I

4.6 on June 19, 2015

Great place to spend a weekend to take in the wonderful history of Gettysburg. Would recommend to anyone.

Great place to stay - good value

5 on June 17, 2015

We stayed in the Cedar Room. 1st floor. Access to side porch with own entrance. On main road but set back from road with beautiful grounds and walking trails. Breakfast was very good and innkeepers were social and attentive. Definitely a place to stay in Gettysburg.

Great place to stay in Gettysburg.

4.2 on June 10, 2015

Stayed in early June 2015. Grounds were beautiful, nice garden and walking paths. Room was comfortable and reasonable in size for a B&B. Breakfast each morning was very good, but everyone is served the same dishes, no options. On Saturday morning a local historian talks about the battle's impact on the community. The house itself served as a field hospital. The owners and staff were great. Enjoyable stay.

A wonderful relaxing weekend with friends

5 on June 10, 2015

It's ways a wonderful weekend with friends. Eileen and Dennis and Jason make you feel right at home. Always enjoy my weekend in Gettysburg with them and will continue coming back. It's my 8th year.

Everything we hoped it would be!

5 on June 04, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Lightner Farmhouse over Memorial Day weekend. We booked 4 nights in the Walnut Cottage which served as a summer kitchen during the time of the civil war. After the battle of Gettysburg, Union Soldiers used the farmhouse as a hospital. The walnut cottage still has the same oven built into it that was used by the Union Soldiers. The farmhouse grounds are beautiful. They are well maintained with flower gardens and trees that add to its historic appearance. The owners do a great job to make you feel welcome. They also provide history on the house during the battle of Gettysburg and take you on a tour of the house to go along with the discussion. The Breakfast portion of this B&B is outstanding. The food is excellent and they put those small touches on the plate that creates a great presentation. It was unfortunate that we missed out of the cinnamon Belgian waffles due to our schedule. We were speaking with the family one evening and mentioned it would have been interesting to watch some documentaries on Gettysburg, but they had recently upgraded their cable service and there was no DVD player in the cottage. The next day my wife and I came back to the cottage after lunch and there was a DVD player hooked up, instructions and DVD’s on Gettysburg. (SERVICE !) The best part of the location of the farmhouse was its proximity to town and the battlefield. It was 5 minutes away from a busy downtown and the national parks. As close as it was, it seemed far away when you returned. The drive was short, but the location has little traffic, rolling fields and tall trees. It was great to sit on the porch watching the sun go down while we relaxed after a busy day.

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Rooms & Rates


The Cedar Room is located on the first floor with a private entrance off the side porch of the farmhouse. It has a queen bed and private bath with easy access to porch sitting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Chestnut Room has a queen size brass bed and a quiet elegance. Private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Oak room is on the second floor of the Inn. It is a quiet room to the rear of the building with a full bath and queen bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Maple room is a bright, colorful room overlooking the front lawn of the farmhouse. It includes a queen bed and a private bath with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Birch room is a bright room in the front of the house with a queen size bed, private bath and a patriotic color scheme.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pine Tree Suite

The Pine Tree Suite is a third floor suite perfect for a private get a way for a couple or a family with children over 12 years of age. The bedroom with a queen bed is separate from the sitting room with a TV and daybed with a trundle.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Walnut Cottage

The Walnut Cottage is to the rear of the house built over the original summer kitchen of the farmhouse. It is a two story accommodation with a wrap around porch, lots of privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

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Location Type

Country setting, Countryside, Small town


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 59 miles

Directions to property:

Please refer to home page directions link.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Fireplace, Fridge, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, ghost stories, paranormal investigations, dinner/storytelling package, Shopping, Ski rentals

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm -6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prefer 10 years old and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Selected weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $100 payable by credit card or personal check
  • Cancellations: Cancellation must be made at least 14 days in advance of your planned stay to receive a refund of deposit less a $25 handling fee. Deposit will be forfeited for late cancellation.



Eileen and Dennis Hoover

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , no pets reside in the B&B

About the innkeepers

Both Dennis and Eileen love gardening, spending time with their pug and entertaining guests. Eileen holds a Masters Degree in American History and welcomes questions. Both innkeepers are happy to help with tourist advice.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: individual tables, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian , gluten free available also

Signature Dish

Blueberry Pancakes
Chef Jason prepares some of the best pancakes around served with a side of bacon or sausage. We use our own mix for pancakes and waffles which makes them bake up light and fluffy.